After extensive research on low cost hotels in Istanbul, I decided to choose Lotus Hotel and I'm very glad I did.
I stayed 18 nights in a double room (one double bed and a single bed). The price was one of the lowest I found in Istanbul, and after asking, I was given an additional discount on the rate because of the length of my stay. The room included everything mentioned on the site, plus a mini fridge which was a pleasant surprise.
The hotel is a small one, so this gives you the opportunity to interact with the owner and the other guests. Breakfast is included and you get a typical Turkish breakfast with as much tea or coffee as you want. The hotel is in the middle of a community which was great because it had all the conveniences we could have needed. Also, I was able to try typical Turkish food without paying tourist prices.
Although the owners of Lotus Hotel spoke very good English, not many persons in the community spoke English, but they were so kind, caring and helpful that it was not a problem. There was always someone in the lobby to help with directions to a place, ordering pizza, changing money or anything else that they could have helped with.
Lotus Hotel is excellent value for money with clean rooms, hospitable service, very close to a bus stop (and depending on your mood, walking distance from Eminonu), extremely close to many conveniences, gives you a chance to interact with Turkish people and includes a delicious breakfast.
If I make a return trip to Istanbul, I will definitely stay at Lotus hotel again
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lotus Hotel Istanbul is the perfect choice for you. We are located center of the oldcity. It is as convenient as you can explore Istanbul without worrying about the distance Blue Mosque, St.Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower, Taksim Square, Ortakoy. The bus stop Eminonu/Sirkeci is just 10 minutes walk from our hotel. Therefore going to or coming from the tourist areas is extremely easy. Shopping, eating, sightseeing etc. can all be done nearby our Hotel. The Rooms of our Hotel are newly built and very clean with air-conditioning. Our place is in the resident area so you can assure for the safety. You can relax as much as you want after the long adventure day at your room. ***As we are family guest Hotel, guests are not allowed to bring any outsider to stay in the room, if we find out, a host will ask you to check out immediately.*** ... more less
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